Top Ten Standout Side Characters in Books

August 26, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 21

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re counting down the Top Ten Memorable Secondary Characters. I participated the first time this topic came up in May 2011 and I referred back to my list to see if there was any overlap. And yes, I still think highly enough of Cinna, Myrnin and Magnus Bane to want to include them on the 2013 update, but I restrained myself.

I was going to try and make it an all book-to-movie edition but I couldn’t get to ten. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite secondary characters:

1. Patrick from The Perks of Being a Wallflower  – Patrick is witty and loyal, and takes freshman Charlie under his wing. Patrick got his “Nothing” nickname when he told his shop teacher to call him Patrick or call him nothing. Love him in the book and Ezra Miller’s portrayal in the movie.

Patrick Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie (Logan Lerman), Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) from Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)

2. Christina from Divergent – Christina helps Tris during Dauntless initiation learn the ropes and to break out of her Abnegation comfort zone. She’s tough as nails and ambitious, though her fear landscape reveals a fear of moths.

Christina Divergent

Tris (Shailene Woodley), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Will (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) from Divergent (Summit Entertainment)

3. M from Warm Bodies –  R’s zombie sidekick has a funny sense of humor. They attempt to have grunting conversations and pair up to hunt humans. Once he starts to regain his humanity he’s even funnier.

M (Rob Corddry) Warm Bodies Rob Corddry

M (Rob Corddry) from Warm Bodies (Summit Entertainment)

4. Johanna Mason from Catching Fire – Cinna’s my favorite forever, but I do think Johanna is really something else. She is fearless and tells it like it is. I hope that Jenna Malone does her character justice!

Johanna Mason Catching Fire Jena Malone

Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) from Catching Fire (Lionsgate/Capitol Couture)

5. Dee from Just One Day – When I think about this book I first remember the Paris trip with Allyson/Lulu and Willem, but one character who makes an impression back home is Allyson’s friend Dee/D’Angelo. He’s one person who really gets her and helps her pull herself back together.

6. Isabelle from City of Bones – Isabelle is a shadowhunter who fights hard and looks good doing it. She’s a tough cookie but once you get to know her she’s loyal to the end.

Isabelle City of Bones Jemima West

Isabelle (Jemima West) from City of Bones (Constantin/Sony Pictures)

7. The Garrett family in My Life Next Door – It’s impossible to pick just one Garrett! They are a package deal, though I have a soft spot for adorable George.

8. Mia from Vampire Academy  – I like when the mean girls get redemption. Mia is Rose’s nemesis in VA but comes to be an ally and has quite a cool power.

Mia Rinaldi Sami Gayle Vampire Academy

Mia (Sami Gayle) from Vampire Academy (Angry Films/Weinstein Company) Photo

9. Willie from Out of the Easy – Willie is the tough, shrewd businesswoman/madam who is also a mother figure to Josie. You don’t want to get on Willie’s bad side, but if you gain her trust you have an awesome person in your corner.

10. Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars – Isaac is the bridge between Hazel and Augustus and an important part of the friend trio. He loses his eye and loses his girlfriend at the same time but is a good friend to the end.

Isaac The Fault in Our Stars Nat Wolff

Nat Wolff will play Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars (photo from Admission movie/Focus Features)

Your turn! Who are your favorite secondary characters?

21 Responses to “Top Ten Standout Side Characters in Books”

  1. Deb

    I can’t believe I missed so many of these. They’re awesome! Looks lke I have to add a few to my TBR as well :)

  2. Rebecca

    I loved Willie in Out Of the Easy! I didn’t think I would at first, but she proved to be more good than she was bad in the end. I also really appreciated Mia in the Vampire Academy books – people can change, right? I really need to re-read Divergent soon so I can pick up the sequel – I remember most of what happened, but the details are fuzzy. Still, I remember really liking Christina. Lovely list!

  3. munchie11

    I’ve got Christina on my list too!! I put Finnick in mine because I adore him. I always forget how much I liked Johanna, she really is incredible!!

  4. Wendy Darling (@MissWendyD)

    Ooo, I especially like the picks of M and Isabelle. :) I actually don’t remember Joanna from Catching Fire much, so I’m curious about how Jena Malone will interpret her, too–I’m going to see what it’s like to reread the book after the movie. Weird, I guess, but there you go! Nice picks.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. kimberlyfaye

    Excellent list! I struggled with this prompt quite a bit, to be honest. There are so many good secondary characters out there, but they often don’t stick with me for years and years.

    My TTT.

  6. Daphne

    whoa, so many great characters that i’m kicking myself for forgetting! PATRICK! I love him, he’s the best. Johanna & Christina are fantastic and often overlooked. great list :)

  7. Candice

    Oh wow!!!! Sooooo many good characters! Patrick = my fave! Loved Ezra Miller’s portrayal of him in the movie. Great list this week!

  8. Brittany

    Amazing list, Lucy!! I love Johanna Mason. I totally forgot her… Hell, I forgot Cinna too haha.
    Christina was one of my favorites from Divergent as well!
    And Isaac. And Dee. Okay, I just love them all! Haha :)

  9. tabithasbookblog

    Your entire list! I adore it. Willie is such an incredible character and I wish I’d have thought to include her on my list! And then Christina, Isaac, and Dee are great as well.

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